10 • Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 - The Elmhurst Independent
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Business celebrates 60 years, welcomes new owner
The Pedersen-Ryberg Funeral Home located at 435 No. York Road celebrated its 60th anniversary in business last week at the same time it welcomed a new owner and manager. Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley (2nd from left) standing next to Tom Suh, the new owner who holds the scissors. Behind Suh is the new manager Craig Roman (wearing dark glasses). On the right of Suh is Daniel Kozlow.
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